Spark Creativity in Children by Jan Cox

Jan Cox is not only a talented writer, but she’s also a talented artist and hosts workshops to spark creativity in children.

“It’s been a crazy week. I am not a spring chicken any longer and I volunteered to teach 5 classes of art in the schools this past week. The children were 4 to 6 years of age.

I had a blast.

I loved watching the kids’ enthusiasm and how they really got right into the painting.

Sometimes too much. lol 🙂 But we only had 2 spills in 5 classes — so that’s not too bad.

In most classes, we had 25–28 children. The grade eights were called in to help and did a wonderful job. They also enjoyed making their own backgrounds.”

We did sponge painting

A variety of sponfges for painting by Jan Cox
Sponge Painting by Jan Cox

The children listened very well to the instructions.

For artists as well as gardeners we have to have PATIENCE.

Especially with watercolour, we need to wait for it to dry unless we want the colours to bleed into other colours.

The children also listened to a story by Laurence Anholt called “The Magical Garden of Claude Monet”.

Read more of Jan’s blog and instructions for sponge painting techniques ...

And check out Jan’s earlier blog Created to be Creative.

Til next time, God Bless.

Called To Be Creative by Jan Cox

Do you know you’re called to be creative? Yes, God has invited you to follow in His footsteps, to create something for Him and to share it with others! Called to be Creative by Jan Cox tells us how.

Jan Cox blogs about being creatively called in her blog Did You Know You Were Called to be Creative?

Scripture verse Genesis 1:27
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Called to be Creative

I hear many people say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.”

I hope this scripture will speak to you:

‘”If you are made in the image of God you are creative.

We have been created by a Creative God to use our creativity for His glory.‘”

Creativity doesn’t mean visual art alone… read more

You can find Jan’s books in our Christian Authors Bookstore.

Til next time, God Bless.

Christian Music CDs and DVD Talks

Music

Wahoo! We get excited when we see new titles come into our store and now we’ve added some great Christian Music CDs and DVD Talks to our virtual bookshelves.

Some of our authors are also singers and songwriters so we created a category just for them. You can find their music just past the Children’s section.

DVDs

We also added a selection of DVD Talks by our authors who do speaking tours. The DVDs are just below the music category. There you’ll find talks on various topics including mental health, the influence of media on our teens and even a sex talk.

I hope you find something that interests you in our new sections. Every purchase from our store or any click through to Amazon will give us an affiliate fee and help us to bring new books, music and talks to you, and help our authors, singers and speakers keep creating them!

Thank you for checking us out and please come back often.

Many Blessings

Lynne

G.D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D. Talbot’s Interview with Jon Michael Lawrence

G. D Talbot recently interviewed Christian children’s author, Jon Michael Lawrence as he publishes his new book, The Lamb of God.

 

“…When I was younger I loved poetry and always wanted to publish a book of some sort. About a year ago one day God gave me a story to write which is called ‘Charlie’s Good Deeds’ where I use a rabbit named Felix and a horse named Charlie to teach children about ‘The Good Samaritan’ and about being generous. Since that book I have written 6 other children’s books and a poetry book to praise God…”

The Lamb Of God by Jon Michael Lawrence

 

 

 

You can read G. D.’s full interview with Jon here:

https://gdtalbot.blogspot.com/2018/08/my-interview-with-jon-michael-lawrence.html

 

Happy Reading Everyone  🙂

Lynne

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T Collier

Existential Quandary by Benjamin T. Collier

Have you ever wondered where God came from? ‘Existential Quandary’ by Benjamin T. Collier tackles this mind-blowing question.

Existential Quandary

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“In Genesis it says “In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth.” and then it says, “The earth was without form and void”. There’s something in this passage that I think a lot of modern readers miss. I was raised Christian, but I was also raised in a world of science which tends to approach everything from a naturalistic perspective. And as such, I somehow got it into my head that the emptiness that existed before Creation was something that had always been, and that God somehow ‘came about’ and made the cosmos out of the nothingness that was already there, which means God was somehow either existing alongside the nothingness or he was a product of it.

What this verse tells me is that even the nothingness that a lot of us tend to think of as prime reality, this absence of existence, is in itself something created by God. God made an empty space in which to create things, he didn’t come into existence in an empty space and then make other things. God was, at one point, all there was. There was nothing that was not God. No earth, no heaven, no void, just God. Nothingness was not even a thing until God allowed it to be. Needless to say that changed my perspective”…

Read Benjamin’s full blog post at benjaminfrog.com 

Benjamin T. Collier Author Headshot
Benjamin T. Collier

Benjamin writes fantasy, science-fiction and nonfiction. You can find his books in our Bookstore in the Fantasy, Biographies, and Science Fiction sections.

Happy Reading!

Ruth Smith Meyer - Christian Author Headshot

Ruth Smith Meyer

Ruth Smith Meyer, thank you for joining us; please tell us a little bit about yourself.

What or who motivated you to become an author?

From the time my mother and then older sister read stories to me, I was fascinated by the idea of writing. As a teen, I assisted my dad in putting out a newsletter and occasionally did some ghost-writing of his editorials when he was busy. However, my writing was mostly in the form of poems, short stories and letters until I began working at a Day Centre for Seniors. While there I wrote Keenagers Korner, a bi-weekly column for four area weekly papers. Attending the last God Uses Ink conference set things into motion for writing my first novel, Not Easily Broken. That was followed by a sequel Not Far from the Tree.

Do you have a favourite genre to write in, if so what is it and why?

Writing is so much a part of me that I have to write. I like to dabble in a lot of different kinds—devotional (I have regular assignments for REJOICE magazine,) inspirational, fiction, children’s literature and my latest adventure—the writing of my memoir, Out of the Ordinary. I also have been involved in several anthologies—the Hot Apple Cider series and am currently working with five other authors to write Good Grief People due to come out February, 2017.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced as an author?

Perhaps the biggest learning curve came when I was ready to have my book published. After much research and advice from experienced authors, I decided to self-publish with a firm who also had a distributing arm. Carving out the time to actually sit down to work on bigger projects is a continuing challenge. The times I have gone somewhere else to write have been the most productive. House-sitting for friends once gave me the opportunity for three weeks of uninterrupted time and that was great. Setting aside regular days is imperative. However, blogs and shorter works are often done late into the evening.

Have you found that challenge to get easier the more you write?

Yes, in my usual life, it did get easier. My second husband died at the beginning of this year. His final illness and the emptying of a house interrupted my schedule, but I am getting back to a more disciplined writing time.

What is your goal with your writing and who do you usually intend to reach with it?

The goal of any of my writing is to inspire readers to discover their own strengths, to face their fears, to find hope and growth in the midst of difficulty and to become all that God intended for them to be. I hope they also find joy and humour in the lighter moments as they read.

What else do you like to do besides writing, what are your other passions in life?

I find great joy in speaking to a variety of audiences with my inspirational talks. I am passionate about helping couples make the most of their marriage and for years was involved in various aspects of Marriage Encounter including presenting. After experiencing the death of two husbands sixteen years apart, I also find satisfaction in helping others who are on the grieving journey. I love nature, photography, painting, and all things creative. I love people and of course, my family. With two marriages I have four children, four step-children, in-laws, eighteen grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Each one of them is precious and I make birthday cards for each of them—another joy in life.

What do you think sets your books apart and why should people buy them?

Most people who have tried them say they are easy to read—a down-to-earth tone that makes them enjoyable even as they learn. They also appreciate the candor with which I relate real-life situations, making it natural for them to relate to the story. They find help in dealing with their own life and inspire them to grow.

Is there anything else you’d like our readers to know?

Not Easily Broken and Not Far from the Tree are my two novels. Out of the Ordinary is my life story, and Tyson’s Sad Bad Day is my children’s book that helps little ones deal with the death of family members. I also have stories in Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider, Taste of Hot Apple Cider and Hot Apple Cider with Cinnamon anthologies of Canadian Writers. I also contributed to another anthology, Fifty Shades of Grace.

Thank you so much for joining us, Ruth Smith Meyer